What Planners Need to Know about Municipal Finance

APA Michigan Chapter


Thursday, April 25, 2019
9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. EDT

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Headlee, Prop A, and revenue sharing cuts take center stage in annual local budget discussions, and many planning departments are still operating at recessionary levels as a result of these broader pressures. Planners can bring important skills to local budget discussions, though—not just be on the table as a target of further cuts. Understanding how municipal finance works, making the case that planning is an essential service, and connecting land use planning and economic development tools to local budgets can help planners ensure that municipal solvency comes as a result of good planning, not at its expense. 


Chris Hackbarth

Confirmed Speaker

Chris Hackbarth has served as the director of state and federal affairs for the League since January 2015, and before that was the League’s legislative. He works on policy issues related to taxation and finance, appropriations, transportation, local government policy, elections and municipal labor legislation. Over the course of ... Read More

Richard Murphy, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Richard Murphy, AICP, is a Civic Innovation Labs program coordinator. He assists communities with transportation and land use planning, placemaking, economic development, and technology issues. Murph joined the League in 2014. Previously, he served as city planner in Ypsilanti, programs director for Michigan Suburbs Alliance, and on the board of ... Read More

C. Bradley Kaye, AICP

Confirmed Speaker


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Amy Jordan, ajordan@planningmi.org